Feb. 27--ST. LOUIS -- While in office, former St. Louis Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett used campaign funds to pay student loans and pamper herself with spa and salon services, according to a Missouri Ethics Commission Report released on Wednesday.
The state commission fined Triplett $100,000 for a variety of campaign finance violations.
An investigation found that Triplett and her campaign committee spent as much as $18,900 on questionable purchases, including mortgage and student loan payments, clothes and jewelry, and salon and spa services. In 2010, Triplett also accepted money through a PayPal account and failed to report expenditures with the money, including $550 spent at an online wig store.
The Missouri Ethics Commission began the investigation in April 2013. The report filed late on Wednesday said Triplett provided information for the inquiry and stipulated to its findings.
Triplett resigned as Ward 6 alderman in 2012 and took a job for the nonprofit Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis. She had represented the ward--which spans parts of Downtown West, Lafayette Square, Midtown--since 2007.
There is no criminal penalty. Triplett can avoid the full $100,000 fine if she pays ten percent of it within 45 days.
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